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Poll: Are Online Dating Websites Worth the Money and Potential Misery?

State Attorney General Harris shines a spotlight on the seedier aspects of these Net portals.

California’s attorney general Tuesday announced an agreement with online dating sites eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks (operator of JDate and ChristianMingle) that aims to protect members from identity theft, financial scams and sexual predators.

Kamala Harris, the AG, said the sites will launch online safety tools, including ones that check subscribers against national sex offender registries and by provide a rapid abuse reporting system for members.  

But singles might have a more fundamental question: Do these sites work?  Do they really lead to romance, love and marriage—as commercials promise?

Deanne Goodman March 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I tried online dating in 2009 (match.com, jdate.com and plentyoffish.com). I met my boyfriend on plentyoffish.com, it's one of the free sites. So yes the sites can work. :)
Steven Bartholow March 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I still like the Patch Match concept!
Brian Hanifin March 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM
My wife and I got married after meeting on match. We've been together for 9 years next month!
Daniel Woolfolk March 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Cool, congratulations! Those were the early days!
Daniel Woolfolk March 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM
The free one is better than the paid one so far, though still unsure. But I know who will be giving a resounding "NO!"

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